Florida Football Recruiting: Gators get early jump on Dabe Nwude

The defensive lineman out of the class of 2026 was offered by Florida

Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier gives fist bumps to fans during Gator Walk at Ben Hill
Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier gives fist bumps to fans during Gator Walk at Ben Hill / Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun / USA TODAY
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Much of the focus for Florida Football has been on the class of 2025, with offers and visits coming fast and furious to try and lock up a top class heading into the 2024 season.

But Florida also has its eye on talent from the class of 2026 and appear to have the early jump on a defensive lineman from that class.

Florida Football: Dabe On Them

Dabe Nwude is an edge rusher listed at 6'2" and 225 pounds out of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, near Long Beach.

Given he is a class of 2026 prospect, he is currently unrated by all of the services.

Another reason why he is unrated is because Florida is literally the first school to offer him.

That may seem strange and feel like the Gators are on some wild good chase, but on film there is a lot to like about Nwude. His strength is as a speed rusher around the edge, but he isn't exclusively productive on the outside. Nwude showcases the ability to cut inside and shed blocks to make tackles or break through for a sack.

If we had to grade Nwude from his sophomore campaign, there is enough there to warrant a four-star discussion, though given size we wouldn't be shocked if services peg him as a three star.

Also of note it appears Florida defensive back coach Will Harris is the one leading the charge on giving Nwude an offer based on the post on X.

We'll see if Nwude gains any further traction and if his recruitment heats up. Class of 2026 members are probably secondary thoughts for most fans right now, but it never hurts for coaches to get in early on a prospect that one thinks could evolve into a top tier player down the road.

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